TITLE

DIETARY AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PERCEPTIONS IN A RURAL LOUISIANA COMMUNITY

AUTHOR(S)
Naquin, Millie; Gillan, Wynn; Humphries, Charlotte
PUB. DATE
September 2007
SOURCE
American Journal of Health Studies;2007, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p179
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This study examined perceptions of weight and stages of change related to dietary and physical activity behaviors. Participants in a voluntary walking program completed questionnaires on body perceptions and stages of change for eating and activity. Most subjects were female and white. By BMI, 78% were overweight or obese. Most overweight males considered their weight about right, while more of the normal weight females considered themselves overweight. Most overweight and obese participants were in the beginning stages of change for activity and healthy eating. Results suggest programs for overweight or obese individuals should include strategies to correct body perceptions as well as work to increase healthy eating/activity.
ACCESSION #
31852471

 

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